Ph.D. On Campus Online


Birmingham City University

36 months
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A PhD in Architecture from Birmingham City University offers you the opportunity for personal development, to celebrate, reflect on and further develop your practice and research, and to further develop your career.


The Architecture programme from Birmingham City University supports you to develop critical thinking and research skills through the PGCert in Research Practice. All routes will require you to conduct a piece of unique PhD research, submit a thesis for examination and sit an oral exam (viva voce) in which you defend your thesis before a panel of experts.

Practice-led PhD

Are you exploring an original or significant idea, theory or practice to a high level but find the thought of writing a traditional thesis daunting? The practice-led PhD is aimed at practitioners from product design to architecture to landscape and urbanism wishing to develop their creative practice through an independent  practice-led research project.

This route offers the opportunity to enhance your own practice while embedded in the workplace through a sustained period of study on a proposed project of your own design. A substantial part of your thesis may be original creative outputs, for example an artefact, exhibition, performance or design (such as a building, landscape, product, interior etc). This is complemented by a rigorous written commentary setting the study within a broader practice, historical and conceptual field.

Written format PhD

Do you want to develop advanced knowledge or expertise in a specific research area? The written format PhD is a programme of independent self-directed academic research which makes an original and rigorous contribution to knowledge in the form of a written and illustrated thesis. The research may take the form of social, historic or theoretical research and could use qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies. 

This route offers you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and expertise led by your research interests enabling you to further your career in an academic or professional environment. You will be encouraged to attend and present your work at conferences, symposia and professional events appropriate to your discipline areas. Your thesis will take the form of an (up to) 80,000 word illustrated written document.

Programme Structure

Modes of studyThe PhD programme is offered full-time (typically 3-4 years) and part-time (typically 4-7 years). We do also consider proposals for part-time distance learning. These modes of study ensure that we can create a suitable PhD research plan around your lifestyle needs, even if you are in full-time employment.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To apply for our Art and Design PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant subject area from a British or overseas university.
  • Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject area, may be considered.
  • We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.
  • If you intend to take a practice-led research approach to your PhD study, then you will expected to show your portfolio as part of the application process, normally at the formal interview stage.
  • Please send us an initial PhD enquiry containing your brief PhD research proposal (max. 500 words), and/or any questions or queries you may have.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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